Sandown Father and Son Sentenced in Attack on Neighbor

SANDOWN – Judge Marguerite Wageling said it was a rare situation to have both father and son sitting in front of her in orange jumpsuits for the same crime, but that was the scene at the sentencing hearing for Rocco Piccarilli Jr. and Rocco Piccirilli III on Friday, Dec. 13, at Rockingham Superior Court in Brentwood.
Wageling put the blame for such a scene, when she handed down the sentences, heavily on the shoulders of the father.

Piccarilli Jr. and Piccarilli III were convicted last month of attacking their neighbor Mark Beaulieu, together taking turns beating him. A third neighbor, Rick Lord, was also involved in the attack but he pleaded guilty earlier this year.
It was a display of “uncontrolled, senseless rage,” said Wageling of the attack.
Wageling said that while it was their constitutional right to be tried, she made it clear that from what she witnessed through the proceedings, Piccarilli Jr. thought he had done nothing wrong, and had convinced friends and family that such was the case.
Wageling said the elder man “had clearly instigated a certain amount of brainwashing within his family and possibly with other parts of the community.”
Piccirilli Jr., found guilty of second degree assault, criminal restraint, simple assault and disorderly conduct, received a prison term of two to seven years, with four to eight years suspended on good behavior. Piccirilli III, found guilty of second degree assault and simple assault, received a year in the House of Correction, with two to four years suspended on good behavior.
When the Piccarillis’ cases came before Wageling Friday, additional sheriff’s deputies and bailiffs came into the room. Piccirilli Jr. was found in contempt of court during his trial for a prolonged outburst. Many seats were filled with friends and family of the father and son.
The incident is grounded in a drawn out neighbor dispute in the area of Hemlock Circle and Balsam Lane, a disagreement over the usage of a 30-foot right-of-way access known as Spruce Lane. The matter became so heated that on Jun. 30, 2012, the Piccirillis and Lord attacked Beaulieu.
The neighbors on the Picirillis’ side have met multiple times with the board of selectmen, asking for the town to step in, as reported by the Tri-Town Times. Many times the police have been called to the area.
That environment was referenced by both defense and prosecution Friday.
The Piccirillis’ defense stated that while nothing excuses the attack, it was the environment that pushed the crime. Prosecution argued that the Piccarillis had Beaulieu right where they wanted him, and while Piccarilli Jr. may not have woken up that day wanting to hurt Beaulieu, it was a situation that he waited for.
A videotape of the encounter was admitted as evidence in the trial, the tape coming from a camera in Piccarilli Jr’s home, trained on the front of his property.
“This wasn’t about defending property or about self defense. They initiated a violent attack because Beaulieu had the audacity to come to their driveway,” said prosecutor Jennifer Hagar. “It’s a disgusting and gross deviation from how society expects people to behave.”
During the attack, Piccirilli III threw away Beaulieu’s cell phone and beckoned Lord to come over.
Beaulieu suffered injury from the event, including a fractured maxillary sinus and fractured orbit.
Beaulieu was arrested for trespassing in the same incident. Piccarilli Jr. initially showed a small portion of the videotape of the encounter to police to push his claims that Beaulieu was trespassing and had struck his son with his vehicle, the latter claim one that Wageling indicated was preposterous.
Hagar said the evidence indicated the Piccirillis would have continued until Beaulieu was unconscious or dead.
Beaulieu and his family were in court on Friday, and a letter he wrote was read into the proceedings, indicating that he feels insecure on his property.
The Piccirillis’ defense stated that a state prison term was inappropriate. It was argued that the context of the neighborhood disagreement should be taken into account. It was an emotional situation where Piccirilli lost control, and not a premeditated encounter, the defense argued.
Piccirilli Jr’s defense also cited that physical ailments, the same that keep the man on disability, should also be taken into consideration for prison terms.
Wageling received many letters of support from Piccirilli Jr.’s supporters but they had the opposite of the intended effect, as they indicated to her that Piccirilli Jr. had been successful in brainwashing others that “somehow he had done nothing wrong.”
“What saddens me possibly most is that this brainwashing and this senseless behavior was spewed upon his son. And as is often the case, the son looks to the adult in his world, someone who he should be able to look up to and be led by down the proper and humane path in the world. But instead, (he) led him down the path to sitting next to him in an orange jumpsuit,” said Wageling.
The judge went on to suggest that she hoped both will learn an important lesson from the sentences and that Piccirilli III will move away from his father in the coming years.
“It’s very sad to think that anyone would think what happened on June 30 was the way to behave,” said Wageling, adding that she didn’t see remorse in either father and son.
Wageling gave Piccirilli Jr. a two to seven year stint in the New Hampshire State Prison for the second degree assault charge. The criminal restraint charge received three to seven years and the simple assault charge earned 12 months in the House of Correction, but both terms were suspended on good behavior.
Wageling gave Piccirilli III a sentence of 12 months in county corrections for the simple assault charge. The second degree assault charge was met with a two to four year prison term in state prison, but was suspended pending good behavior.
Between the three assailants there is a fine of $27,776.84 in restitution to be paid to Beaulieu.

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